This post is for all my dear facebook fans who have expressed concern and shared their own sewing injuries. It seems that most of us had (or will) do this if we keep sewing long enough. (Plus we will chop off part of a finger with a rotary cutter.) Don't worry, there will be no graphic photos here, no gory details captured on film. At the time I was too busy holding my finger and screaming for my husband to pull the broken needle tip out, that the thought of picking up a camera didn't even cross my mind.
Here's the scene of the accident... my beloved Bernina 1530. It was not her fault at all. She was just doing her job ruffling those silly little strips and I had the audacity to put my finger in her way. So of course as soon a my hubby found his pliers and took that bloody needle tip out (listen to me swearing in proper English while describing with accuracy), I insisted on sitting down to give her a new needle and make sure she was okay. She is.
Excuse the week old manicure while I show you the entry point. I know that some of you are still hoping for gory photos, but really it's only the day after and from the outside you can barely tell anything happened.
I've been keeping band-aids and neosporin on it all the time and while it hurts really bad, it hasn't kept me from sewing a bit today or typing up this blog post with nine fingers. It has caused me to un-intentionally flip off lots of people with a bandaged middle finger... you know how you instinctively hold up the one that hurts.
And here's all the needle pieces I could find. The pointy tip is the one that came out of my finger while the other end was still in my machine. I shudder to think how much more it would have hurt if I had been using a heavy duty needle. This is only a 75/11. I can't find any more parts, but I'm pretty sure nothing is left in my finger. There's no sign of infection.
And from the stories told by some of you on facebook, I am pretty lucky that the missing piece didn't fly up and hit me in the eye. That would have been a much worse injury.
So, words of advice that I probably won't even follow for very long... slow down... take your foot off the pedal if you are putting your finger under the needle... and wear protective eye wear. :)
Thanks for all your love and concern... I knew you would understand my pain!